|Rag Radio 2011-05-27 / Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Author of 'Immigrants Raising Citizens' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Hirokazu Yoshikawa is professor of education at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. He is a developmental and community psychologist who conducts research on the development of young children in immigrant families. He is a member of the Board on Children, Youth and Families of the National Academy of Sciences and regularly advises government agencies, foundations, and educational organizations in the United States and abroad...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Psychologists, Authors, Immigration, Education
|Rag Radio 01-05-2010 / Arts Advocate and Gay Activist Jeff Jones - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-A conversation with Jeff Jones. Jones, based in San Francisco and Austin, is a fundraising and planning consultant and grant writer for arts organization. Also an activist in the LGBT/queer community and the movement for social justice, Jeff was co-founder of the Mobilization against AIDS and the Queer Cultural Center in San Francisco. An SDSer in 60s Austin and a staffer at the underground paper The Rag, Jeff was president of the student body at the University of Texas at Austin, 1970-1971...
Keywords: Jeff Jones; Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; LGBT; Gay Activists; UT-Austin; New Left; Austin History; Arts; San Francisco; SDS, The Rag; Underground Press
|Rag Radio 10-20-2009 / Criminal Justice and Capital Punishment in Texas - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-Criminal justice and Texas politics. Discussion focused on Governor Rick Perry’s handling of the Cameron Todd Willingham execution in an arson case where the evidence was later brought into serious question. Guests: *Glenn W. Smith – Prominent political consultant and editor of Dog Canyon, an Austin-based political blog. *Steve Hall – Director of Stand Down Texas, an organization advocating a moratorium on executions and a review of Texas’ application of the death penalty.
Keywords: -Texas, Criminal Justice, Glenn W. Smith, Steve Hall, Capital Punishment, Cameron Todd Willingham
|Rag Radio 01-19-2010 / Singer-Songwriter Vince Bell - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-Conversation with legendary Texas singer-songwriter Vince Bell, with live performance. Vince has performed widely for decades, and his songs have been recorded and performed by Little Feat, Lyle Lovett, and Nanci Griffith. Vince's book, "One Man's Music" -- which he also performs as a one man musical play -- chronicles his remarkable comeback after an automobile accident in 1982 that nearly killed him and left him in a coma for a month...
Keywords: -Vince Bell; Thorne Dreyer; Rag Radio; Musicians; Singer-Songwriters
|Rag Radio 11-03-2009 / The Poetry of Mariann Wizard and Larry Piltz - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-Mariann Wizard and Larry Piltz -- both regular contributors to The Rag Blog -- read and discuss their poetry as well as their personal histories, how they work, and issues involving poetry and social change. Guests:*Mariann Wizard is a political activist, writer -- she writes scientific reviews of natural medicines -- and widely published poet. Mariann was a founder of The Rag in Austin in 1966 and was active in the 60s New Left...
Keywords: -Mariann Wizard, Larry Piltz, Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Poetry, Poets, Writers, Activists, The Rag, The Rag Blog, New Left, Sixties
|Rag Radio 2011-08-12 / Bob Cheevers, TX Music Awards 2011 Singer/Songwriter of the Year - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Bob Cheevers is the Texas Music Awards 2011 “Singer/Songwriter of the Year.” Cheevers recounts his experiences over a professional lifetime in four music capitals: Memphis, LA, Nashville, and now Austin, where he has found renewed creative energy. An Emmy-winning recording artist, Cheevers was also a winner at the Kerrville and Napa Valley music festivals, had pop hits in the 60’s and 70’s while working in LA, and has had top-20 hits on the Americana charts...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Bob Cheevers; Musicians, Singer/Songwriters
|Rag Radio 2011-08-26 / Political Analyst Glenn W Smith on Rick Perry and the 'Texas Miracle' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Progressive blogger, author, and political consultant Glenn W. Smith discusses Rick Perry's candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination -- with topics ranging from Perry's legendary vanity to the myth of his alleged "Texas Miracle." Smith, a former reporter for the Houston Chronicle and Houston Post, has covered and worked around Rick Perry since the 1980s. Smith, who created the Dog Canyon website and also blogs at Firedoglake and The Huffington Post, ran Ann Richards' successful campa...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Glenn W Smith; Rick Perry; Republican Primary; Texas Politics; Allan Campbell; Texas Observer; Abby Rapoport; Forrest Wilder
|Rag Radio 12-22-2009 / Environmental and Peace Activist Alyssa Burgin - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-A conversation with Alyssa Burgin, activist and organizer for environmental, political, and social justice issues. A fifth-generation Texan, she is the daughter of a labor union organizer and a San Antonio newspaperwoman and artist. She has been a grassroots lobbyist for climate change legislation and started the Texas Drought Project to educate Texans about coming water crises. She is media and outreach director of Texans for Peace...
Keywords: -Alyssa Burgin, Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Environmental Activists, Texans for Peace, Social Justice
|Rag Radio 11-17-2009 / It's the Economy (and why are we so) Stupid? - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-A discussion of economics and the economy -- from the local level to the global picture. Guests: *Tim Mahoney, Trustee, Austin Community College, and Richard Whittaker, reporter for the Austin Chronicle. Host: Thorne Dreyer
Keywords: -Economy, Tim Mahoney, Richard Whittaker, Thorne Dreyer, Rag Radio
|Rag Radio 02-09-2010 / Environmental Landscaper David Mahler - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-A conversation with environmental landscaper David Mahler. Mahler was active with SDS in Sixties Austin and involved with the pioneering underground paper, The Rag. He was a founder of Austin's historic Greenbriar School, which offered a radical alternative to traditional education. He was a pioneer in habitat restoration and does wetland construction, native plant landscaping, education, and park and trail design...
Keywords: Rag Radio; David Mahler; Sixties; Austin; The Rag; Underground Press; SDS; Greenbriar School; Alternative Education; Habitat Restoration; Environmental Landscaping; Thorne Dreyer
|Rag Radio 2010-09-21 / Film actor Sonny Carl Davis - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Sonny Carl Davis is a film actor, a musician, and a screenwriter. He played a redneck entrepreneur in Texas filmmaker Eagle Pennell’s The Whole Shootin’ Match and played memorable roles in Last Night at the Alamo and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He also had featured parts in Thelma and Louise, Melvin and Howard, and a supporting role in Red Headed Stranger with Willie Nelson. Sonny was also a founding member in 1968 of Austin’s legendary Uranium Savages, a theatrical rock group that playe...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Sonny Carl Davis; Thorne Dreyer; Independent Film; Actors; Musicians; Uranium Savages; Austin; Sixties
|Rag Radio 2010-08-10 / Satirist and Realist Editor Paul Krassner: Take Two - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Rag Radio 2010-08-10 - Paul Krassner -- legendary "investigative satirist" -- returns for a second show. Krassner -- founder and editor of The Realist, author, activist, journalist, stand-up comic, radio personality, counterculture icon, a founder of the Yippies, and, according to the FBI, "a raving, unconfined nut" -- is Thorne Dreyer's guest for an encore performance. They discuss Krassner's working relationship and friendship with comic Lenny Bruce, some history of satirical topical comedy, a...
Keywords: Underground Press; Rag Radio; Paul Krassner; Thorne Dreyer; Lenny Bruce; Comics; Journalists; Satirists, The Realist, The Rag
|Rag Radio 2010-09-07 / Journalist, Documentary Photographer & Labor Activist David Bacon - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
David Bacon is an author, journalist, broadcaster, and documentary photographer based in northern California. He is an associate editor at Pacific News Service, and has written for Truthout, The Nation, The American Prospect, The Progressive, and the San Francisco Chronicle. His photography has been exhibited widely. His books include "Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants." For 20 years, Bacon was a laborer and union organizer for unions in which immigr...
Keywords: David Bacon; Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Labor Unions; Journalists, Photographers
|Rag Radio 2013-09-06 - Award-Winning Texas Novelist and Screenwriter Stephen Harrigan - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Award-winning author, screenwriter, and journalist Stephen Harrigan is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. Harrigan is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including "The Gates of the Alamo," a New York Times bestseller and the recipient of the Spur Award for the best Novel of the West. "Remember Ben Clayton" also won the Spur Award, as well as the Jesse H. Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians f...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Stephen Harrigan; Authors; Screenwriters; Texas Literature; Historical Novels; The Gates of the Alamo; Texas Monthly
|Rag Radio 05-04-2010 / El Salvador and the Fair Trade Movement - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-El Salvador and the Fair Trade Movement. Guests: *Bob Cash -- State Director of the Texas Fair Trade Coalition that opposes the current NAFTA-model free trade system. A former factory worker, he has been a staffer for unions, political campaigns, and office holders. *Leah Wilson -- activist and organizer from Austin now living in El Salvador. She works with the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), a grassroots organizing supporting self-determination, and social and ...
Keywords: -Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Bob Cash; Leah Wilson; Fair Trade Movement; El Salvador; NAFTA; CISPES
|Rag Radio 05-11-2010 / Novelist Marc Estrin - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-A conversation with Marc Estrin about literature, theater, and the movement for peace and justice. Guest: Marc Estrin is a writer and peace activist who lives in Burlington, VT. An award-winning novelist, he is also a theatrical director, a classical musician, and a puppeteer with the famed Bread and Puppet Theater. He is also a regular contributor to The Rag Blog. Producer and host: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer: Tracey Schulz.
Keywords: -Rag Radio; Marc Estrin; Thorne Dreyer; Literature; Theater; Peace Movement, The Rag Blog
|Rag Radio 2010-08-24 / Immigration Attorney Barbara Hines - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Barbara Hines is a famed immigration attorney and a clinical law professor at the University of Texas at Austin, who has been involved in landmark litigation defending the constitutional and statutory rights of immigrants. In 2000, Texas Lawyer Magazine named her one of 100 Texas “Legal Legends” of the 20th century. She and her students gained international notice for their work in drawing attention to the T...
Keywords: Underground Press, Rag Radio; Barbara Hines; Thorne Dreyer; Immigration; UT-Austin; T. Don Hutto; The Rag; Women's Movement; Immigration Attorneys; Educators
|Rag Radio 2010-03-09 / Cartoonist and Underground Comix Artist Gilbert Shelton - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Gilbert Shelton is, along with R. Crumb, the most famous of the 60s underground comix artists and he is still going strong. He is the creator of such iconic comic strips as the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Fat Freddy's Cat, and Wonder Wart Hog. The Freak Brothers were originally published in The Rag and then appeared in papers all over the world. An animated movie featuring the Freak Brothers is under development...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Gilbert Shelton; Thorne Dreyer; Comix; Austin; Underground Press; The Rag; Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers; Texas Ranger; Cartoonists
|Rag Radio - 2010-07-20 / Activist Carl Davidson on U.S. Social Forum - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-Carl Davidson is a widely known writer and political activist. He is active in the Solidarity Economy Movement and is national co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS), and is webmaster of Progressives for Obama. Carl was a leader of the 60s New Left, a national officer of SDS, and editor of the Guardian. We discuss the World Social Forum movement and the recent U.S...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Carl Davidson; U.S. Social Forum; SDS; New Left; Socialism; Activists; Solidarity Economy
|Rag Radio 02-02-2010 / Talkin' Texas Observer - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-The legendary crusading Texas Observer has been fighting the good fight for 56 years. Publisher Carlton Carl and editor Bob Moser join Thorne Dreyer to discuss the history of the publication and the maverick liberal Texas community it has served through the decades -- and what's ahead for the Observer. Guests: *Bob Moser became editor in October 2008. He was a journalism fellow at Stanford, edited North Carolina's Independent Weekly, and worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligenc...
Keywords: -Texas Observer, Bob Moser, Carlton Carl, Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Journalists, Texas Democrats
|Rag Radio 2011-06-10 / Iraq Veterans Against the War - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Our guests were members of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) who are involved in organizing efforts with GI's at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas -- especially around Operation Recovery and the Under the Hood GI coffeehouse. Aaron Hughes served with the Illinois National Guard in Kuwait. He received an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University in 2009 and today is the Organizing Team Leader for Iraq Veterans Against the War...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Iraq Veterans Against the War; Aaron Hughes; Malachi Muncy; Scott Kimball; Under the Hood; Fort Hood; Anti-War GIs
|Rag Radio 2010-11-26 / Mediterranean Music & Mysticism w/Catherine Braslavsky & Joseph Rowe - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Catherine Braslavsky and Joseph Rowe perform in "From Jerusalem to Cordoba," a celebration of the musical and mystical traditions of the Mediterranean, from ancient Judaism and Paganism, to medieval Christianity and Islam. It has played throughout Europe and in the United States, including a Dec. 3, 2010, performance at St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin. Braslavsky has dedicated her life to the performance of sacred music...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Catherine Braslavsky; Joseph Rowe; Sacred Music; Musicians
|Rag Radio 03-16-2010 / Anderson Fair: For the Sake of the Song - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-We discuss the historic Houston folk and singer/songerwriter venue, Anderson Fair and the documentary film "For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair." Anderson Fair is one of the oldest acoustic music venues in continuous operation in the country. Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Lucinda Williams, Guy Clark, and Townes Van Zandt honed their craft there, and the Montrose club was also a center for community activity and political activism since the 70s...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Anderson Fair; For the Sake of the Song; Bruce Bryant; Jim Barham; Tim Leatherwood; Shake Russell; Music Venues; Singer-songwriters; Houston; Documentary Film
|Rag Radio 2012-03-02 - Music Journalist Margaret Moser and Film Actor Sonny Carl Davis - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Music writer Margaret Moser and film actor Sonny Carl Davis discuss the classic made-in-Austin movie Roadie, the Austin Music Awards, and the South by Southwest music, film, and interactive festival. An "unabashed former groupie," award-winning rock journalist Margaret Moser is a senior editor and staff writer for the Austin Chronicle, and is also the author of three books including The Edge Guide to Austin and Rock Stars Do the Dumbest Things...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Margaret Moser; Sonny Carl Davis; KOOP; Roadie, Austin Music Awards, SXSW
|Rag Radio 2012-02-24 - Activism and the Occupy Austin Movement - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
The guests discuss the Occupy Austin movement and Occupy Southby -- a series of events, including the Million Musicians March for Peace -- scheduled by Occupy Austin for the massive South by Southwest festival. They also discuss a Teach-In and other events on the UT-Austin campus planned by Occupy UT, and a new worker-owned coffeehouse that grew out of the occupy movement in Austin. Guests: Richard Bowden is an Austin fiddler extraordinaire, long-time peace activist, and primary organizer of the...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Activism in Austin; Occupy Austin; Occupy UT; Million Musicians March; Legion Co-Op Coffeehouse; Richard Bowden; Mo McMorrow; Joe Cooper; Nate Cowan; Brian J. Overman; Lucian Villasenor
|Rag Radio 2010-10-19 / Texas Jail Reform Activist Diana Claitor - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Diana Claitor is director and co-founder of the Texas Jail Project, an organization dedicated to improving conditions for the approximately 70,000 people incarcerated in Texas jails on any given day. TJP, formed in 2006, does regular monitoring of the state Jail Commission and publicizes the widespread abuse and neglect in approximately 250 county facilities in Texas. Austin resident Claitor is also a writer and historical researcher -- working with the Dolph Briscoe for American History and for...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Diana Claitor; Texas Jail Project; Jail Reform; Texas History; Thorne Dreyer
|Rag Radio 2010-04-13 / 60s Houston Counterculture w/Sherwood Bishop & Bobby Ray Eakin - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Houston 60s counterculture and alternative media with Sherwood Bishop and Bobby Ray Eakin. Sherwood Bishop was a member of the editorial collective at Houston underground newspaper Space City!. He was also director of the Houston Peace Center and the Houston Committee to End the War in Vietnam, and founder and/or director of a food co-op, a communal farm, a day care center, a “free university,” an alternative library, and a drug crisis center...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Sherwood Bishop; Bobby Ray; Bobby Eakin; Thorne Dreyer; Space City!; Pacifica Radio; Counterculture; Sixties; Houston; Austin; Underground Press; Alternative Media
|Rag Radio 12-01-2009 / Filmmaker Turk Pipkin - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-A conversation with Turk Pipkin. A discussion of the life and work of the multi-talented artist with a special focus on his new film, One Peace at a Time. Guest: •Turk Pipkin -- Austin-based writer, television and film actor, New York Times bestselling author and filmmaker. Co-founder of the education and action nonprofit, The Nobelity Project.
Keywords: -Filmmakers, Actors, Authors, Nobelity Project
|Rag Radio 2011-03-11 / Historical Archivist Tim Hamblin on 25 Years of SXSW Music - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Tim Hamblin is the Video Archivist at the Austin History Center and is curator of "5X5Y: 25 Years of SXSW Music." (SXSW -- South by Southwest -- is a massive and highly-influential music, film, and interactive conference and festival held annually in Austin.) Tim Hamblin has worked in the music and video business in Austin for over 30 years. He has produced award-winning music videos, taught classes in music video at Laguna Gloria Art Museum, and produced video festivals for the early SXSW music...
Keywords: Thorne Dreyer; Rag Radio; Tim Hamblin; SXSW; Austin History Center; Popular Music
|Rag Radio 11-10-2009 / Journalism Professor Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-A conversation with Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte. A discussion of journalism and journalism education in America. The guest discusses her personal history in journalism, the question of diversity in the news media and gender relations in the educational system. Guest: •Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte – Associate Professor in Journalism, Latin American Studies, and Women’s Studies at the University of Texas-Austin...
Keywords: -Journalism, Education, University of Texas, New Journalism Project, The Rag Blog
|Rag Radio 2011-01-21 / Latina Rocker Patricia Vonne & Singer-Songwriter Gina Chavez - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Patricia Vonne is a Latin-roots rocker and song stylist. The Austin Chronicle has said she “is quickly taking her place among Texas’ musical treasures.” She is also a screen actress and the sister of Austin-based filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Gina Chavez is an indie folk-rock singer-songwriter whose style has been called a cross between Sheryl Crow and Selena. Chavez is also an activist who established Austin 4 El Salvador, a college scholarship fund for girls from a gang-dominated suburb of...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Patricia Vonne; Gina Chavez, Musicians, Austin, Latinas, Activists
|Rag Radio 2011-07-08 / Journalism Professor, Author, and Radical Activist Robert Jensen - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Robert Jensen is a University of Texas journalism professor, widely-published author, Austin-based political activist, and leading radical thinker. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a professional journalist for a decade. At UT, Jensen teaches courses in media law, ethics, and politics. He is also a board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center. His most recent book is All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Robert Jensen; Authors; Activists; Political Philosophy
|Rag Radio 12-08-2009 / Remembering Molly Ivins w/Bill Minutaglio & Kaye Northcott - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-Remembering Molly Ivins with author Bill Minutaglio and journalist Kaye Northcott. Reflections on the great Texas author, newspaper columnist, populist, humorist, and legendary character -- who died recently after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Guests: *Bill Minutaglio, an award-winning journalist and professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, is the author of "Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life" with W...
Keywords: -Molly Ivins; Bill Minutaglio; Kaye Northcott; Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Journalists; Authors; Texas Observer; The Rag; Texas History; Populists
|Rag Radio 2011-05-20 / Cultural Historian Richard Pells - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Richard Pells is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of four books on American culture in the 20th century including his latest, Modernist America: Art, Music, Movies, & the Globalization of American Culture, Pells has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., as well as six Fulbright chairs and senior lectureships...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Richard Pells; Cultural History, Authors, UT-Austin
|Rag Radio 2009-09-29 / The Rag & the Underground Press - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-The story of The Rag, Austin’s influential underground paper (1966-1977), and the historic role of the Sixties underground press. Guests: *Alice Embree - a founder of The Rag, leader in 60’s New Left and women’s movement. Austin activist. Board member of New Journalism Project and contributor to The Rag Blog. *Jeffrey Shero Nightbyrd – a founder of Austin’s Sixties underground paper, The Rag, and editor of the Austin Sun and New York’s RAT...
Keywords: The Rag; Underground Press; Jeffery Nightbyrd; Alice Embree; Alan Pogue; James Retherford; Thorne Dreyer; Sixties; Rag Radio; Jeff Shero
|Rag Radio 12-15-2009 / The Politics of Water with Bill Bunch - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-The politics of water. A conversation with Bill Bunch, director of Austin's Save Our Springs Alliance. A discussion of environmental issues facing Austin and Central Texas. We are joined in the discussion by Roger Baker.
Keywords: -Bill Bunch, Thorne Dreyer, Rag Radio, Save Our Springs, Environmental Activists
|Rag Radio 2011-09-09 / Activist Carl Davidson on Mondragon & Workers' Cooperatives - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Carl Davidson is a noted writer and political activist. He is co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, a national board member of Solidarity Economy Network, and a local Beaver County, PA member of Steelworkers Associates. He is the author of several books and is a regular contributor to The Rag Blog. In the 1960s, Davidson was a national leader of SDS and a writer and editor for the Guardian newsweekly...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Carl Davidson; Mondragon Corporation; Workers Cooperatives; Political Activists
|Rag Radio 2012-02-03 - Political Economist Gar Alperovitz, Author of "America Beyond Capitalism" - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Gar Alperovitz, a political economist and historian, is the author of "America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy," in which he "expertly diagnoses the long-term structural crisis of the American economic and political system and provides detailed, practical answers to the problems we face as a society." Originally published in 2005, a second edition of "America Beyond Capitalism" was released in November by the Democracy Collaborative...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Roger Baker; Gar Alperovitz; Political Economists; Authors
|Rag Radio 2011-09-30 / Progressive Texas State Rep. Elliott Naishtat - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Elliott Naishtat is a progressive Democratic state legislator from Austin. A native New Yorker, Naishtat, who is Jewish, was elected to the Dist. 49 seat in the Texas House of Representatives in 1990 and has been reelected 10 times. Naishtat, who has lived in Texas for 39 years, served as a VISTA volunteer in Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty in Queens, N.Y., and Eagle Pass, TX, before moving to Austin and earning a Masters in Social Work and a law degree from The University of Texas...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Elliott Naishtat; Progressive Democrats; Texas Politics
|Rag Radio 10-20-2009 / Criminal Justice, the Death Penalty, and Texas Politics - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-A discussion of issues involving criminal justice and Texas politics, with an emphasis on the death penalty and Texas Gov. Rick Perry's controversial handling of the execution of alleged arsonist Cameron Todd Willingham. Guests:*Glenn W. Smith, prominent political consultant and founder of Texas political blog, Dog Canyon.*Steve Hall of the StandDown Texas Project, an organization that advocates a moratorium on executions in Texas, and a state-sponsored review of Texas' application of the death...
Keywords: -Steve Hall, Glenn W. Smith, Criminal Justice, Death Penalty, Texas Politics, Dog Canyon, Rick Perry, Willingham Execution, StandDown Texas
|Rag Radio 2013-01-18 - Mike McGuire & Lisa Fithian on Occupy & 'We Are Many' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Mike McGuire and Lisa Fithian discuss the legacy and future of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and, more specifically, the 2012 AK Press anthology, "We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation." According to The Rag Blog's Ron Jacobs, the book -- which compiles the work of more than 50 writers, artists, and photographers -- has the "best overall take to date on the meaning of Occupy, its shortcomings and strengths, and its potential future." Mike McGuire was co-e...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Mike McGuire; Lisa Fithian; Occupy Wall Street; We Are Many; Social Action; Authors
|Rag Radio 12-29-2009 / Progressive Organizer Carl Davidson - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-A conversation with prominent progressive activist, organizer, and writer Carl Davidson, who was a leader in SDS and a major figure in the 60s New Left. Carl is webmaster at Progressives for Obama (now renamed Progressive America Rising) and is national co-chair of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. Carl was a national officer of SDS and writer and editor at the Guardian, the preeminent publication of the American left for decades...
Keywords: Carl Davidson; Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Leftist; Progressives; Writers; SDS; New Left; Sixties; Socialism
|Rag Radio 2012-04-27 - Theologian and Social Ethicist Gary Dorrien - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Theologian and Social Ethicist Gary Dorrien, an Episcopal priest and professor at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, has been described by Cornel West as “the preeminent social ethicist in North America today.” On Rag Radio Dorrien discussed liberal Christian theology and the social gospel in relation to contemporary politics and progressive political movements and issues of social and economic justice...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Gary Dorrien; Thorne Dreyer; Theologians; Social Critics; Economic Justice
|Rag Radio 2012-05-04 - Chris Mooney, Author of "The Republican Brain" - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Chris Mooney is the author of "The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science -- and Reality," and of the 2005 New York Times bestseller, "The Republican War on Science." Scientific American calls Mooney "one of the few journalists in the country who specialize in the now dangerous intersection of science and politics." Mooney also hosts the "Point of Inquiry" podcast, writes the "Intersection" blog for Science Progress, and has written for Mother Jones, American Prospect, Harper's, ...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Chris Mooney; The Republican Brain; Authors; Psychology; Conservative Politics; Neuroscience
|Rag Radio 2011-06-24 / Environmental Activist Diane Wilson, Author of 'Eco-Outlaw' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Environmental activist Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation shrimper from Seadrift, Texas -- and a mother of five -- has earned the wrath of industrial polluters everywhere. She has been arrested 50 times and has participated in disruptions of U.S. Senate hearings and corporate shareholder gatherings in Houston, Taipei, and London. Wilson was Mother Jones magazine's "Hell-Raiser of the Month," and was one of Grist's "13 Badass Greens." She was a founder of CodePink, the Texas Jail Project, and Inju...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Diane Wilson; Environmentalists; Activists; Authors
|Rag Radio 2012-03-23 - Rag Blog Writers Jay D. Jurie and Roger Baker - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Roger Baker and Jay D. Jurie are regular contributors to the progressive Internet news magazine, The Rag Blog. On the program, they discuss issues related to two recently-published articles. Jurie had reported on the Florida killing of black youth Trayvon Martin by a self-appointed neighborhood vigilante (and the massive public reaction to that killing), and Baker's article discussed the growing impact of high gas prices on average Americans and on the society-at-large...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Roger Baker; Trayvon Martin; High Gas Prices; Vigilante Justice; The Rag Blog
|Rag Radio 2011-02-18 / Austin Sculptor and Activist Barry George on Trip to Palestine - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Barry George is an Austin sculptor and social activist. In 1986 he began working with found objects and making yard sculptures. Now much of his work is interactive, requiring the viewer to manipulate the sculpture. Also in 1986 – as El Salvador and Nicaragua were experiencing upheaval – he started Bikes Not Bombs in Austin, a project that gathered bicycles and sent them to Nicaragua. Barry recently returned from a visit to Palestine where he was part of a Christian Peacemaker Team in the Heb...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Barry George; Palestine; Sculptors; Artists; Activists; Austin
|Rag Radio 2012-03-16 --- David Bacon on U.S. Policies and the Great Mexican Migration - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Noted journalist, author, documentary photographer, and long-time labor organizer David Bacon discussed the issues raised in his provocative and heavily-researched article, "How U.S. Policies Fueled the Great Mexican Migration." Now based in California, Bacon was a union organizer for two decades, and today documents the changing conditions in the workforce, the impact of the global economy, war and migration, and the struggle for human rights...
Keywords: Rag Radio; David Bacon; Thorne Dreyer; Journalists, Immigration, NAFTA, Mexico; Labor
|Rag Radio 2012-08-03 - Leftist Journalist Jack A. Smith, Former Editor, the Guardian (U.S.) - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Long-time radical activist and progressive journalist Jack A. Smith worked with the leftist newsweekly, the Guardian (originally the National Guardian), for 21 years, as a writer, news editor, and then editor. The National Guardian was founded in 1948 to promote the views of the Progressive Party and during the late 1960s through the 1970s the Guardian was the largest circulation independent left-wing paper in the United States...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Jack A. Smith; Thorne Dreyer; National Guardian; Progressive Journalists; American Leftists; Sixties; Draft Resisters
|Rag Radio 2014-04-11 - Economic Justice Advocate Betsy Leondar-Wright, Author of 'Missing Class' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Betsy Leondar-Wright, a scholar, author, and long-time activist for economic justice, is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. Betsy's latest book, "Missing Class: Stengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures," makes the case that recognizing class culture differences could enable activists to strengthen their own groups and build more durable cross-class alliances for social justice...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Betsy Leondar-Wright; Social Activists; Economic Justice Activists; Authors; Class Culture